The Best of California’s Wine Country

Some 50 miles north of San Francisco lies an area known as the Wine Country, one of the world’s most cultivated and blossoming wine regions. In honor of the annual Auction Napa Valley, we’ve highlighted the best places to wine and dine.

La Toque
1314 McKinstry St.
Napa, CA 94559
La Toque, located in the new Westin Verasa in downtown Napa, is a Michelin Star recipient and a Napa Valley landmark. The restaurant’s seasonal menu combines quality ingredients with savory wine pairings. We recommend the Chef’s fivecourse Tasting Menu, a meal that invigorates all of the senses.

610 Main street
napa, CA 94599
Chef Masaharu Morimoto is hailed as the master of fusion; his expertise in blending Western and Japanese ingredients has earned him international acclaim. Try the Tuna Pizza or the namesake Pork Chop and Applesauce, your taste buds will be bursting with flavor.

Best Vineyard

Ram’s Gate Winery
28700 Arnold Dr.
Sonoma, CA 95476
Located at the entrance of Sonoma Valley, Ram’s Gate is dedicated to producing the finest quality wine based on the belief that the best things in life require passion, attention and time. The intricate architecture of the property is both simple and elegant, creating the kind of environment that is perfectly fitting for the area.

opus one
7900 saint helena highway
oakville, CA 94562
Founders Robert Mondavi and Baroness Philippine de Rothschild created an immaculate destination for travelers, specializing in a Bordeaux-style blend of wine. Both the estate and the wine at Opus One are a perfect balance between New World innovation and classic elegance.

 Auction Napa Valley is a truly unique experience for both wine buffs and novices.

Kenzo Estate Winery
3200 Monticello Rd.
Napa, CA 94558
The 100-acre vineyard on the Kenzo Estate is only a tiny percentage of the total property, leaving the vast majority of the land completely untouched. The Kenzo Estate has been producing wine since 1990, harvesting vino that is differentiated by the redefined cool-climate character of its grapes. The Kenzo Estate is undoubtedly a must-see destination in Napa Valley.

Best Hotel

ST. HELENA, CA 94574
This 250-acre estate in the heart of Napa offers everything from golf and hiking to fitness and spa services. And with a Michelin star-rated restaurant, Meadowood is the epitome of luxury in one of California’s finest regions.

Best Event

Auction Napa Valley
1475 Library Ln.
St. Helena, CA 94574
May 31- June 3, 2012
Auction Napa Valley is a truly unique experience for both wine buffs and novices. The weekend-long series of events kicks off with elegant cocktails and casual get-to-togethers, and is then followed by two days of auctions featuring wine collections from the best wineries in the region. Cheers!

Best Spa

Spa at Hotel Healdsburg
25 Matheson St.
Healdsburg, CA 95448
With its sleek décor and expert therapists and aestheticians, professionally trained with the highest levels of certifications, the Spa at Hotel Healdsburg provides a serene escape to its guests. The Spa offers an array of personalized treatments including massage, facials, manicures and pedicures. For the ultimate indulgence, try the Spa’s total body package.